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The Beamers and the Royal Challengers squared off July 16 in a Loudoun County Cricket League game at Bolen Park in Leesburg.—Times-Mirror/Buzz Covington

Cricket bowls over Loudoun’s sports fields

Team captain and Ashburn resident Tapan Gupta took a good whack at the hard tennis ball as it ricocheted crazily off the ground, sending it flying back where it came from. It eluded scrambling fielders long enough for Gupta to race up and down the pitch, scoring two runs and winning the league's Division I championship.

Bruce McBarnette

Loudoun high jumper wins USA Masters title

Sterling resident Bruce McBarnette added to his long list of national championships at the 2017 USA Masters Track and Field Championships. McBarnette cleared 5-feet, 7-inches to win the high jump title for men ages 55-plus July 13 at Louisiana State University.

Trace McSorley

McSorley draws recognition as college football season nears

Penn State junior quarterback Trace McSorley has been named to a pair of watch lists ahead of the 2017 season. The Briar Woods High School alum is a candidate for the Maxwell Award (National Player of the Year) and the Wuerffel Trophy, considered college football's premier award for community service.

Grace Theurich and pony Deep Blue Sea.—Courtesy Photo

Theurich rides Deep Blue Sea to Children’s Pony Medal final crown

Broadlands youth Grace Theurich won the 2017 VHSA/EMO Children's Pony Medal final at the 98th annual Warrenton Pony Show, contested June 30 in Warrenton. Theurich rode Cavallo Farm pony Deep Blue Sea to win the finals among a field of 17 riders.

The Loudoun South National All-Star team.—Courtesy Photo

Loudoun South National tops diamond charts

The Loudoun South National League All-Star team recently won the District 16 championship in the ages 8-10 division. Following an early loss, Loudoun South National worked through the loser's bracket to reach the championship game.

Andersen Vaughan has secured her college plans prior to her senior season at Loudoun County High School.—Courtesy Photo

Raiders’ Vaughan set to play volleyball for Albany

Loudoun County High School rising senior Andersen Vaughan has committed to attend and play NCAA Division I volleyball at the University at Albany in New York, beginning in the fall of 2018. Vaughan was the lone junior to earn first-team All-State honors in 2016 after helping Loudoun County win its ninth state championship in the last 10 years.

A 2015 Virginia Gatorade Player of the Year at Potomac Falls High School, Holly Carlton will take the court for the United States in the 2017 FIVB Volleyball Women’s U20 World Championship.—File Photo

Potomac Falls alum Carlton to volley in Women’s U20 World Championship

Holly Carlton has earned a spot on the U.S. Women’s Junior National Team for the 2017 FIVB Volleyball Women’s U20 World Championship. The Potomac Falls High School alum is part of USA Volleyball's 12-player roster for the 16-team tournament being contested July 14-23 in Mexico.

Michael Brennan produced impressive results on the golf course throughout the month of June.—Photo Courtesy/Virginia State Golf Association

Brennan’s drive has him on course

For a young golfer who's been honing his craft for years, June was quite a month. Lifelong Leesburg resident Michael Brennan, a rising sophomore at Tuscarora High School, toted his big bag of golf clubs from course to course throughout June. Running through a tough gauntlet, Brennan's name is now a bit better known in the golf world.

The Greater Loudoun Babe Ruth 15U team.—Photo Courtesy/Robert Nelson

Greater Loudoun wins District 9 crown

The Greater Loudoun Babe Ruth 15U team swept Summit Point (W. Va.) in a best two-of-three championship series to win the Virginia District 9 title and earn a spot in the state tournament.

A group of Loudoun International Fencing Club competitors and coaches.—Courtesy Photo

Loudoun fencers compete in national championships

Loudoun International Fencing Club qualified 21 fencers in at least one event for the 2017 National Fencing Championships & July Challenge, held July 1-10 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

J.B. Bukauskas is officially a member of the Houston Astros organization.—Photo Courtesy/UNC athletics

Ashburn ace J.B. Bukauskas signs with Houston Astros

Stone Bridge High School alum J.B. Bukauskas has agreed to a contract with the Houston Astros, the Major League Baseball organization that drafted him with the 15th overall pick in the 2017 draft. The 20-year-old right-handed pitcher reportedly received a $3.6 million signing bonus.
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Briar Woods players and coaches rejoice during the Virginia 5A state championship game versus Halifax County.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Briar Woods’ Miller selected as state’s top baseball coach

After guiding Briar Woods High School to its first state baseball championship in 2017, Jason Miller has been selected as Coach of the Year on the American Family Insurance ALL-USA Virginia Baseball Team. Briar Woods senior Michael Ludowig and Loudoun County junior Will Schroeder earned first-team honors.

Recent Stone Bridge High School graduate Connor Steggerda poses next to his state-championship distance of 174 feet, 9 inches in the discus throw.—Courtesy Photo

Discus champion: Steggerda is best in throw

Record-setting discus champion Connor Steggerda can't leave well enough alone. Four years ago, Steggerda entered Stone Bridge High School as a travel-level baseball player and a promising distance runner. He leaves as an elite Division I-caliber athlete who does neither of those things.

Emory University captains Nikki Batt, left, and Madison Phaneuf have built a tight bond since first meeting each other on the soccer field seven years ago.—Courtesy Photo

Batt, Phaneuf build a special bond through soccer

Emory University juniors Madison Phaneuf and Nikki Batt know all too well the power of fate. The ever-present force in life, it created their unforeseen friendship and directed their lives in places each never thought it would go.

Coach Fuller, four players to represent Cannons in VBL All-Star game

As head coach of the team with the best record in the North division, Brett Fuller of the Purcellville Cannons will guide the North team in the 2017 Valley Baseball League All-Star Game, set for July 9 at James Madison University’s Veterans Memorial Park.

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